This week’s events – January 22 – 28

January 21, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from January 22 – 28 on Mercer Island:

OsteoStrong presents BodySpec Mobile DEXA Unit
Tuesday, January 22, 8 am – 4 pm
OsteoStrong, 7803 SE 27th St, Suite 176

2019 is the year for RESULTS vs resolutions! OsteoStrong will be hosting BodySpec’s mobile DXA unit at our center. If you have New Year goals to improve your fitness, performance, or overall wellness, the information obtained in this scan will be an invaluable resource.

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Elise Hooper, Author of Learning to See
Tuesday, January 22, Noon – 1 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Elise Hooper, author of the forthcoming Learning to See (out January 22, 2019) and The Other Alcott, will be joining us to sign books in celebration of the release of Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America. Learning to See unveils the truths and sacrifices behind some of America’s most iconic photographs. At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. But her choices came at a steep price…

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Mercer Island Schools Foundation Dine Out – Mioposto
Tuesday, January 22, 4 – 10 pm
Mioposto, 2601 76th Ave SE

You have to eat dinner, so why not dine out and support your local community? Mioposto will donate a percentage of sales from 4 – 10 pm to Mercer Island Schools Foundation. Whether you dine in, take out, or order delivery through Caviar, a portion of the evening’s proceeds will go straight to supporting Mercer Island schools.

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Science Fun for Little Ones – Sensational Shapes
Tuesday, January 22, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Bring your kids, ages 1 to 3, to explore the shapes that occur in our world. Registration not required, but space is limited. Presented by KidsQuest Children’s Museum.

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Curriculum Fair for 8th Graders
Tuesday, January 22, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Mercer Island High School LPR and Commons, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Meet MIHS Department Heads and learn about MIHS curriculum for various classes

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Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, January 21 – 27 
Stop by and check out the art currently on display at the art galleries around Mercer Island!

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105
Paintings by Valeree Cox & Susanne Werner, Paper Vessels by Noble Golden
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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160
Ceramics, Pottery, & Paintings by Monir & Mehdi Ghanbeigy
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MIVAL Gallery
Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE
Handcrafted gifts by local artists
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Mercer Island Community & Event Center Gallery
8236 SE 24th Street
Works of art by Northwest Artists in Action Guild
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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, January 23 & Friday, January 25, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Join Mercer Island Parks & Recreation for Community Coffee Hour every Wednesday and Friday!! This is a free program for kids, teens, adults, seniors, and families. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea while catching up with old acquaintances or meeting new friends.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].

story book cornerStorybook Corner
Wednesday, January 23, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones to enjoy popular picture books read by Island Books’ staff or special guests.

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn 
Wednesday, January 23, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Bring your children, 5 years and younger, and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, art, and play!

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Navigate Conflict and Embrace Differences
Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 am – 9 pm
Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St.

Two Presentations on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity with Rosetta Lee. At the first presentation at 11:30 AM entitled,”Parenting with Identity in Mind,” join Rosetta and learn how to instill positive self-identity in our children and coach them to be positive influences on others. At the second presentation at 7:00 PM, entitled “Beyond Sticks & Stones: Helping Youth Navigate Conflict & Bullying,” join Rosetta and explore key gender and cultural differences with respect to how children experience and deal with bullying. Receive pragmatic and empowering tools to prevent and address bullying issues.

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Wine Wednesdays at Caruccio’s
Wednesday, January 23, 5 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

When you purchase your wine by the glass or bottle from our rotating selection of wines, you may enjoy an aperitivo-style buffet on our 21 foot curved countertop.

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Medicare Made Clear
Wednesday, January 23, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This presentation will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (parts A, B, C, D, and supplements), what they cover and how they work, as well as enrollment and eligibility guidelines. The aim is to provide useful information that will put attendees in a better position to make an informed decision on their Medicare coverage. The presenter is not connected to the Federal Medicare Program.

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CPR classes with AED
Wednesday, January 23, 7 – 9 pm | Saturday, January 26, 9 am – 2 pm
Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave SE

The CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking. Upon completion of this course, students receive a Completion Card that is valid for two years. There are 2 classes offered: Infant, Child, & Adult CPR on January 23 and First Aid & Adult CPR on January 26.

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, January 24, 4 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Drop by for an afternoon of board games, video games, playing pool or ping-pong, and hanging out. There’s a huge selection of games, and the staff is always up to taking on a new competitor. Games include: Codenames, Mission Red Planet, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Connect 4, Monopoly, and more. Free for ages 7 – 14.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].

Community Outreach Meeting – Community Facilities Zone
Thursday, January 24, 6 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

The City is conducting community outreach meetings to consider the creation of city code for a proposed new zoning designation, the Community Facilities zone. The City is looking for input from citizens for the code writing process. The goal is to ensure that development of facilities located in the new zone would occur in a manner that is harmonious with surrounding properties.

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Comedian Ophira Eisenberg
Thursday, January 24, Happy Hour at 7 pm | Show at 8 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way 

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR and WNYC’s “Ask Me Another.”  Selected as one of New York Magazine’s Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny, and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira’s debut memoir, “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy,” was optioned for a feature film with Zucker Productions. She is also a regular host and storyteller with “The Moth,” and her stories are part of their award-winning radio show, podcast, and New York Times best-selling book. Her comedy special “Inside Joke” is available on Amazon and iTunes.

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Wine Tasting with Two II Vintners
Friday, January 25, 4 – 6 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street

Morgan Lee and Mike Wilson will make an appearance to talk about Morgan’s wines.  He is a terrific winemaker, and we are looking forward to seeing what special wines he might bring. Join us for a special wine tasting!

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Live Music with Chris Stevens and Jack Cook
Friday, January 25, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street

Stop in and grab a glass of wine and enjoy live music featuring Chris Stevens and Jack Cook.

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Classics on Film : Life of a King
Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm
Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave SE

The Classics on Film series, sponsored by the Arts Council, celebrates the amazing variety of chess-themed cinema with the film, Life of a King. Film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce and lead a Q&A following the film. All screenings are free and open to the public.

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Youth Theatre Northwest presents Mary Poppins Jr.
Friday, January 25 – February 3, times vary
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Don’t miss the Youth Theatre Northwest’s production of Mary Poppins, Jr., a musical based on the stories of P.L Travers and the Walt Disney film and directed by Kate Swenson. The Banks children of Cherry Tree Lane are out of control and their parents are desperate to find a new nanny. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their door, the family finds that she’s the answer to their problems, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins will take everyone on a magical, memorable, musical adventure where “anything can happen if you let it.” Best suited for kids, age 5+.

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Mercer Island Preschool Association Preschool Fair
Saturday, January 26, 9:30 am – 12 pm
Island Park Elementary School, 5437 Island Crest Way

Looking for a preschool, enrichment program, or childcare on Mercer Island? Don’t miss MIPA’s 20th Annual Preschool Fair. Representatives from various programs on the island will be on-hand to answer your questions about their curriculum, enrollment, tuition, and program options. The fair is FREE and open to all interested parents and caregivers.

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Restoration Event
Saturday, January 26, 10 am – 2 pm
Wildwood Park, 7265 87th Ave SE
Meet at West Entrance at 86th Ave SE

Each year, Mercer Island citizens donate hundreds of hours of their time to maintain the community’s parks and open spaces: picking up litter, planting trees, cutting down ivy, painting over graffiti, or repairing trails. This is a planting event!

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Artist Pop-Up : Northwest Artists in Action Guild 
Saturday, January 26, 11 am – 3 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Discover the artistic process at a demonstration by the Northwest Artists in Action Guild, a group of fine artists specializing in media such as oil painting, watercolor, and pastel. See the artists “in action,” and don’t miss their exhibit at the Mercer Island Gallery, on view until February 22.

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Scotch & Tequila Tasting & Auction for Island Synagogue
Saturday, January 26, 7 pm
Private home, location available after registration

Taste Scotland’s finest single malts and Mexico’s best tequilas. All food and beverages will be kosher in adherence with the Seattle Va’ad approved certifications and the CRC liquor list. Bid in the auction to take home your favorite beverages and support the Island Synagogue!

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Senior Tech Workshop
Sunday, January 27, 1 – 4 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Join Mercer Island High School students for this one day tech workshop! This 3-hour program provides a flexible approach to improving your knowledge of electronics. Led by teenagers, the session will be split into an instructional course and an opportunity to ask questions one-on-one concerning specific tech-related problems. This course will be the first in a series designed to improve technological literacy.

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Talk Time
Monday, January 28, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Improve your speaking and listening skills in this conversation group for English language learners. Learn more about American culture and meet people from around the world. Walk-ins welcome.

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Kindergarten Information Session
Monday, January 28, 6 -7 pm
Mercer Island Elementary Schools

Each Mercer Island Elementary School (Island Park, Lakeridge, Northwood and West Mercer) will hold a Kindergarten registration information session from 6 to 7 pm on January 28. Parents with incoming kindergarteners are invited to attend and learn more about the school their child will be attending. No children please. Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year begins on January 29, 2019. Registration will open online at that time.

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Registration opens for MIYFS Foundation Breakfast
Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 – 8:30 am
Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St.

You are invited to the MIYFS Foundation Annual Breakfast on Wednesday, February 13. For the past 30 years, MIYFS has been the sole full-service provider for social and human services in the City. It does it without fanfare or publicity and its scope of work is simply mind boggling in its reach. Providing emergency assistance, mental health services, senior outreach and counseling, the Food Pantry, the Thrift Shop, youth programs, and professional mental health counselors in each school, MIYFS is present in our community every step of the way. Join us and support MIYFS!

Please register at